Linkedin Learning: Producing a Video

My Linkedin Learning course is getting really strong positive feedback. Today, I want to peel back the cover a bit, and talk about how chaotically it came to be.

Before I struck a deal with Linkedin, I talked to some of the other popular training sites. Many of them will buy you a microphone and some screen recording software, and you go to town! They even “let” you edit your own videos. Those aren’t my skillsets, and I think the quality often shines through. Just not in a good way.

I had a great team at Linkedin. From conceptualizing the course and the audience, through final production, it’s been a blast. Decisions that were made were made because of what’s best for the student. Like doing a video course so we could show me drawing on a whiteboard, rather than showing fancy pictures and implying that that’s what you need to create to threat model like the instructor.

My producer Rae worked with me, and taught me how to write for video. It’s a very different form than books or blogs, and to be frank, it took effort to get me there. It took more effort to get me to warm up on camera and make good use of the teleprompter(!), and that’s an ongoing learning process for me. The team I work with there manages to be supportive, directive and push without pushing too hard. They should do a masterclass in coaching and feedback.

But the results are, I think, fantastic. The version of me that’s recorded is, in a very real way, better than I ever am. It’s the magic of Holywood 7 takes of every sentence. The team giving me feedback on how each sounded, and what to improve.

The first course is “Learning Threat Modeling for Security Professionals.”

Change in the Weather

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  • A remote Hawaiian island, East Island, was destroyed by Hurricane Walaka. East Island was 11 acres. It was also a key refuge for turtles and seals. Read more in The Guardian.
  • Maersk has sent a ship, the Venta Maersk, through the Northern Passage. The journey and its significance were outlined by the Washington Post, with predictions of 23 days (versus 34 to sail via Suez). In reality, it took 37 days, according to the press release, “without incident.” The idea that there’s a sailable Northern Passage is astounding, even if a first sailing took longer than expected.

CVE Funding and Process

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I had not seen this interesting letter (August 27, 2018) from the House Energy and Commerce Committee to DHS about the nature of funding and support for the CVE.

This is the sort of thoughtful work that we hope and expect government departments do, and kudos to everyone involved in thinking about how CVE should be nurtured and maintained.

Space Elevator Test

STAR space elevator
So cool!

STARS-Me (or Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite – Mini elevator), built by engineers at Shizuoka University in Japan, is comprised of two 10-centimeter cubic satellites connected by a 10-meter-long tether. A small robot representing an elevator car, about 3 centimeters across and 6 centimeters tall, will move up and down the cable using a motor as the experiment floats in space.

Via Science News, “Japan has launched a miniature space elevator,” and “the STARS project.”

Threat Modeling Thursday: 2018

Since I wrote my book on the topic, people have been asking me “what’s new in threat modeling?” My Blackhat talk is my answer to that question, and it’s been taking up the time that I’d otherwise be devoting to the series.

As I’ve been practicing my talk*, I discovered that there’s more new than I thought, and I may not be able to fit in everything I want to talk about in 50 minutes. But it’s coming together nicely.


The current core outline is:

  • What are we working on
    • The fast moving world of cyber
    • The agile world
    • Models are scary
  • What can go wrong? Threats evolve!
    • STRIDE
    • Machine Learning
    • Conflict

And of course, because it’s 2018, there’s cat videos and emoji to augment logic. Yeah, that’s the word. Augment. 🤷‍♂️

Wednesday, August 8 at 2:40 PM.

* Oh, and note to anyone speaking anywhere, and especially large events like Blackhat — as the speaker resources say: practice, practice, practice.

Half the US population will live in 8 states

In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states“, and 70% of Americans will live in 15 states. “Meaning 30 percent will choose 70 senators. And the 30% will be older, whiter, more rural, more male than the 70 percent.” Of course, as the census shows the population shifting, the makeup of the House will also change dramatically.

Maybe you think that’s good, maybe you think that’s bad. It certainly leads to interesting political times.